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Poster: reviewr Date: Jun 20, 2011 7:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two drummers

I think two drummers is super important to the Dead sound. Bill is the guy though. Compare the Hartbeats to '72 - '74 GD, and it seems Bill needs to be in the band. He may be the best rock drummer ever (don't tell me about Bohnam, Ringo, etc. - I know). You just can't have GD without Bill.. or Bob, or Phil, and of course Jerry. It is a freak of nature that they could all come together at the same time/space.

The years with only Bill is my favorite period, but the two drummer sound greatly contibutes to the high-energy sound of '68 - '70. I love when they are slightly out of sync (see 4/27/69).

It's hard to imagine the '80s without Drums/Space. Hart added so much when the rest of the guys seemed to be running out of ideas.

I have to say... I think the Allman Bros do the two drummer thing best.